I’d thought about qualifying to be a BBQ judge until i closely watched the judging for a half hour at the Ulster County event.
The judges are overwhelmed with food.
The judges work in complete silence – no talking allowed.
The judges work on a strict timetable – no dawdaling over a tasty morsel.
Some of the food is cold or too long on the plate before it gets to the judges.
All-in-all not a fun job, and for very little reward. I admire those who are willing to sacrifice their time and palates for our edification.